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SHRM Specialist, Workplace Innovation in Alexandria, Virginia

Specialist, Workplace Innovation

1800 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

Req #499

Thursday, November 17, 2022

At SHRM, we are committed to making work, workers and workplaces better through insights-driven policy solutions, learning and development, thought leadership and research. We are shaping the ways employers and employees thrive together. SHRM is empowering our more than 300,000+ members, including HR professionals, business executives, and people managers, to lead as strategic business partners and effective stewards of workplace culture, business productivity, and employee engagement.


The Specialist, Workplace Innovation for SHRMLabs, SHRM’s workplace innovation laboratory and venture capital arm, manages and implements a broad portfolio of development programs to meet SHRM's organizational needs. The Specialist assists in helping establish SHRM as a workplace technology thought leader and product testbed for technologies impacting the future of work and the workplace. The Specialist makes recommendations for new products or services that elevate the practice of HR through the use of technology and may manage product development projects as necessary.


Program Management

  • Support SHRMLabs overall strategy to enhance its value proposition to the startup, venture capital and the greater SHRM member communities.

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams and assigned project manager to support end-to end lifecycle programs like The Better Workplaces Challenge Cup (Startup Track) annual pitch competition.

  • Communicate with various internal and external stakeholders as needed to ensure program goals are met while identifying and solving for potential roadblocks.

  • Foster vendor relationships and forecast potential schedule delays and develops alternate plans.

  • Emphasize and analyze the use of data and stakeholder feedback to optimize programs

  • Be willing to jump in and assist the implementation of other programs like the Workplaces Accelerator and the WorkplaceTech Community where help is needed.

  • Liaise with various teams and vendors to make our international and domestic conferences and events successful.

  • Under moderate guidance, manage a broad portfolio of service initiatives for startup companies in the HR tech space, including company on-boarding, SHRM’s portfolio community and vendor platforms, and portfolio-focused events and content distribution.


  • Leverages the organization’s staff, members and network to provide support for SHRMLabs by featuring topic experts and providing a layer of diligence to fuel growth and success.

  • Forges relationships with internal/external stakeholders and potential partners.

  • Collaborates with other SHRM divisions to align the SHRMLabs’ communications strategy with organizational strategy.

  • Crafts communications for use with senior-level and executive leadership, corporate partners, and clients.

  • Develops stories and visual elements to conceptualize and communicate ideas to stakeholders and potential customers or partners.

  • Executes branding and engagement activities at SHRM and external events.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education & Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in project management, business, or equivalent relevant work experience/training



  • At least three (3) years of relevant work experience managing projects and/or programs.

  • Experience building and managing partnerships with key stakeholders and manage and maintain relationships.

  • Strong ability to relate data analysis to bottom line business results is a must.

  • Experience in digital media, online marketing techniques, databases, and list management.

  • Experience in reporting and analysis using Google Analytics.


  • Familiarity or interest with HR technologies and future of work

  • Experience using data and metrics to drive improvements

  • Experience using collaboration software systems like Notion, MS SharePoint, etc

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, and/or startup or accelerator experience.

  • Knowledge about or exposure to venture capital

  • Ability to assess business potential of workplace tech startups.

  • Work or living experience abroad.


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Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Naturally inquisitive with a voracious appetite for learning and a boundless intellectual capacity for solving complicated problems.

  • Knowledge of innovation strategy and technologies.

  • Excellent oral communication, writing, and presentation skills.

  • Familiarity in online marketing techniques, databases, and list management.

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and leadership skills.

  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.


  • Fluency in 2 or more languages.

  • Familiarity with CRM tools like Salesforce, Tableau, etc., and design tools like Canva, Creatopy and Adobe Creative Cloud.

  • Experience with WordPress, and SEO

Additional Notes

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to perform essential duties satisfactorily with reasonable accommodations.

Our employment practices are in accordance with the laws that prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.

SHRM is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).

We do not sponsor applicants for work visas.

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  • 1800 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA